Khyber Pakhtunkhwa outclassed
Balochistan to register a dominating 55-run victory in the 15th match of National
T20 Cup played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.
Set a 203 run target, Balochistan limped to 147 for nine in
their allotted 20 overs.
Sohail Akhtar was the only one to give a decent fight to the
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bowlers as the right-hander hit five sixes and two fours in
his 61 off 43 balls.
Opener Abdullah Shafique with 24, Haris Sohail and Umaid
Asif with 17 runs each were the only other batters to reach double figures.
Balochistan had crashed to 83 for seven in their chase
before Sohail brought some late-order fight to narrow the defeat margin for his
All-rounder Asif Afridi took three wickets for only eight
runs from his wily left-arm-spin. Fast bowler Arshad Iqbal took three wickets
for 16 runs.
Earlier, Balochistan’s captain Bismillah Khan won the toss
and opted to field. KP openers Israrullah and Mohammad Rizwan cut loose after a
Israrullah was dismissed by Amad Butt for 19 with the wicket
falling at 43.
Rizwan added 37 with Sahibzada Farhan before falling to
Kashif Bhatti for 40 (34 balls, five fours, one six). Asif who was promoted as
a pinch-hitter scored 16 off four balls.
Iftikhar Ahmed carried the momentum with a blazing 36 off 18
balls. Farhan top-scored for the side with 43 off 31 balls.
Musadiq Ahmed and Adil Amin added 42 for the unbeaten sixth-wicket
partnership to propel KP past the 200-run mark. Musadiq remained unbeaten on 17
while Adil scored 26 off 13.